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One of the most renowned conductors in the world, Boris Brott is qualified like few others to speak on leadership, creativity and team building; he has forged a multifaceted career as an international guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador.

Boris currently is conductor and Music Director for the New West Symphony in California, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montréal and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He is also the Principal Youth and Family Conductor for the National Arts Centre of Canada. He runs Brott Musical Festivals, which is the most prestigious classical orchestra music festival in Ontario, as Artistic Director.

With an extraordinary roster of appointments around the globe, some of Boris' more notable posts have been as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic (under the late Leonard Bernstein), Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Chief Conductor of the BBC National Symphony of Wales and Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia of England. In addition he has performed for many and varied audiences around the world as a guest conductor, perhaps most notably conducting a performance of Leonard Bernstein's The Mass in the Vatican in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

Boris has made more than 100 television appearances in the UK and the Americas. His recordings have featured on the lists of CBC, Sceptre-Mace, Mercury, Pro-Arte Records and Sony Classical (the last of these featuring recordings with the late Glenn Gould).

Amongst Boris' many awards are Canada's highest civic honor, Officer of the Order of Canada, an honorary Doctorate of Law from McMaster University, and investiture as a Knight of Malta. The International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England has chosen him as an International Man of the Year. He has been awarded the Order of Ontario and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain.

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Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador.

Currently, Boris is Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony in California, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, Canada, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Center of Canada. He is also Artistic Director of the Brott Musical Festivals, Ontario′s principal classical orchestra music festival.

Internationally, Boris has served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under the late Leonard Bernstein, Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Chief Conductor of the BBC National Symphony of Wales and Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia of England. His extensive guest-conducting appearances have been around the world. In 2000, he conducted Leonard Bernstein′s The Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

In 1988, Boris was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada′s highest civic honor. That same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law at McMaster University. Two years later, he was made a Knight of Malta. In 1992, he was selected International Man of the Year by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain. In 2006, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario.

In addition to his conducting career, Boris is a motivational speaker, presenting more than 35 talks annually around the world for Fortune 500 companies.

Besides numerous film and radio commitments, Mr. Brott has conducted, produced, and and hosted over 100 television programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded for CBC, Septre-Mace, Mercury, Pro-Arte Records and Sony Classical where CDs with the late Glenn Gould have been released.


Boris Brott Speaker Videos Back to top

Boris Brott: Speech Excerpt


Boris Brott presents his fascinating thoughts on “lighting the creative flame." He says, “In today's ever-changing business and creative environments, there are two elements needed more than ever for success: teamwork and the ability to think creatively together, to provide the solutions needed to step into the future together, and this is what we will be learning about and doing."

Explaining how he is going to transform his audience, Boris tells them, “In a few minutes you are going to be transformed into a creative musical team, something that many of you maybe never dreamt of, and we'll have some fun doing it."

Looking at the creative process, Boris asks his audience to, “Imagine the feeling of creating something totally new, a rock 'n' roll hit, a symphony, a new product for your customers or a better way for your company to do business. Does that sound impossible, seem mysterious? Well, mysterious perhaps, but definitely not impossible."

Boris Brott: Speech Excerpt


Boris Brott Interview


Boris Brott: Speech Excerpt



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Boris Brott's interactive presentation draws numerous parallels between what goes on in business organizations and what happens in symphony orchestras; he shows that both need teamwork and leadership for creativity, and that innovation on both sides produces the best results. With a particular focus on Beethoven and his struggles, Boris presents a fascinating slice of musical history.

Boris then turns his entire audience into an orchestra, playing the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony together along with a full symphony orchestra accompaniment. Conducting the audience himself, Boris' finale shows that anything can be accomplished with the right leadership and creative teamwork. This presentation can be specifically customized for the theme or message of your meeting, and there is the option for a live orchestra to join Boris on stage.

In another presentation, Boris looks at what it takes to “light the creative flame." Interacting with an on-screen character, he demonstrates how creating anything, from complex equations to perfect business plans to a stunning Christmas party, has its roots in the same basic principles.

Playing Together
During his 25-minute presentation, these analogies are enhanced with slides and video. The audience hears of Beethoven′s struggle, his quest for perfection...brief passages from some of Beethoven′s best known works. Then, it′s time to play together...

Boris instructs the audience to reach under their chairs where they will find a tonebar — a musical instrument with a mallet. The audience has been divided into five specific notes. After "rehearsing" and enjoying the levity and excitement, the audience is prepared to play Beethoven′s Ode to Joy. Boris turns to the video screen, gives a signal, and a full symphony orchestra begins to play. At the appropriate point, he turns to the audience and "conducts" them in this informative, educational, and fun-filled presentation. The audience is thrilled to be playing a signifant part and to make music under the direction of a symphony conductor. Audiences and corporate executives find it a memorable and unique presentation.

Variations on "Playing Together":

  • A live orchestra joins Boris on stage. Musicians and their instruments are introduced. A short musical example is played. This repeated until an 11-piece orchestra is formed on stage.
  • The meeting′s host joins Boris in conducting the audience and/or explaining the similarities between their organization and a symphony orchestra.
  • Each script is tailored to suit the meeting′s theme or message.
  • Specific concepts germane to the organization are brought out in the script.
  • The presentation′s length is suited to the requirements of program.
  • Mr. Brott can act as host through the duration of the meeting.

Alternate Presentation
In addition to the "Playing Together" presentation, the following other concept can be presented to your audiences:

"Lighting the Creative Flame"
Creativity rests in all our souls. This presentation demonstrates five steps that are at the heart of every creative process. Boris interacts with "Professor Siegfried" on screen, and together they take the audience through the steps necessary to concoct anything from E=MC2 to an enlightened business plan to the perfect Christmas party.

This is an interactive presentation involving the meeting’s host as well as the audience. But the heart of the piece rests with Boris and Professor Siegfried taking the steps necessary to "light the creative flame." After each step, Boris "conducts" the audience playing their tone bars, and concludes his presentation with a roaring rendition of the music from Star Wars.



Boris Brott Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"I thought you were great, and our folks enjoyed your presentation. Your session was outstanding."
Anil D′Souza,
Vice President, Sales Strategy & Operations,
U.S. Commercial, Hospira, Inc.

"You imparted useful information that our associates are able to digest and apply to their work at Capital One. More importantly, you left my team feeling energized and renewed."
Ryan Schneider,
Executive Vice President,
Capital One

"Your combination of intellect, energy, and musical expertise yielded a powerful example of teamwork in action for our leaders."
Bonnie C. Hathcock,
Senior Vice President, Human Resources,
HUMANA

"No one has ever captured our sales and marketing team as you did. In watching the audience during your performance,I knew that they were totally immersed."
Kristen Kinser,
Trade Show and Special Event Manager,
Amadeus Global Travel Distribution LLC

"We were all amazed how six hundred of us could so quickly work as a team and release our potential on the musical front!"
Clive Brownlee,
Assistant Managing Director,
GUINESSUVD

"Every conference needs to have the balance and intent of entertainment, fun and laughter. Thank you so very much for providing all, and in good measure!"
Barbara J.W. Dawson,
Vice President, Corporate Affairs,
Shoppers Drug Mart




* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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"I thought you were great, and our folks enjoyed your presentation. Your session was outstanding."
Anil D′Souza,
Vice President, Sales Strategy & Operations,
U.S. Commercial, Hospira, Inc.

"You imparted useful information that our associates are able to digest and apply to their work at Capital One. More importantly, you left my team feeling energized and renewed."
Ryan Schneider,
Executive Vice President,
Capital One

"Your combination of intellect, energy, and musical expertise yielded a powerful example of teamwork in action for our leaders."
Bonnie C. Hathcock,
Senior Vice President, Human Resources,
HUMANA

"No one has ever captured our sales and marketing team as you did. In watching the audience during your performance,I knew that they were totally immersed."
Kristen Kinser,
Trade Show and Special Event Manager,
Amadeus Global Travel Distribution LLC

"We were all amazed how six hundred of us could so quickly work as a team and release our potential on the musical front!"
Clive Brownlee,
Assistant Managing Director,
GUINESSUVD

"Every conference needs to have the balance and intent of entertainment, fun and laughter. Thank you so very much for providing all, and in good measure!"
Barbara J.W. Dawson,
Vice President, Corporate Affairs,
Shoppers Drug Mart


Playing Together
During his 25-minute presentation, these analogies are enhanced with slides and video. The audience hears of Beethoven′s struggle, his quest for perfection...brief passages from some of Beethoven′s best known works. Then, it′s time to play together...

Boris instructs the audience to reach under their chairs where they will find a tonebar — a musical instrument with a mallet. The audience has been divided into five specific notes. After "rehearsing" and enjoying the levity and excitement, the audience is prepared to play Beethoven′s Ode to Joy. Boris turns to the video screen, gives a signal, and a full symphony orchestra begins to play. At the appropriate point, he turns to the audience and "conducts" them in this informative, educational, and fun-filled presentation. The audience is thrilled to be playing a signifant part and to make music under the direction of a symphony conductor. Audiences and corporate executives find it a memorable and unique presentation.

Variations on "Playing Together":

  • A live orchestra joins Boris on stage. Musicians and their instruments are introduced. A short musical example is played. This repeated until an 11-piece orchestra is formed on stage.
  • The meeting′s host joins Boris in conducting the audience and/or explaining the similarities between their organization and a symphony orchestra.
  • Each script is tailored to suit the meeting′s theme or message.
  • Specific concepts germane to the organization are brought out in the script.
  • The presentation′s length is suited to the requirements of program.
  • Mr. Brott can act as host through the duration of the meeting.

Alternate Presentation
In addition to the "Playing Together" presentation, the following other concept can be presented to your audiences:

"Lighting the Creative Flame"
Creativity rests in all our souls. This presentation demonstrates five steps that are at the heart of every creative process. Boris interacts with "Professor Siegfried" on screen, and together they take the audience through the steps necessary to concoct anything from E=MC2 to an enlightened business plan to the perfect Christmas party.

This is an interactive presentation involving the meeting’s host as well as the audience. But the heart of the piece rests with Boris and Professor Siegfried taking the steps necessary to "light the creative flame." After each step, Boris "conducts" the audience playing their tone bars, and concludes his presentation with a roaring rendition of the music from Star Wars.


Boris Brott: Speech Excerpt


Boris Brott presents his fascinating thoughts on “lighting the creative flame." He says, “In today's ever-changing business and creative environments, there are two elements needed more than ever for success: teamwork and the ability to think creatively together, to provide the solutions needed to step into the future together, and this is what we will be learning about and doing."

Explaining how he is going to transform his audience, Boris tells them, “In a few minutes you are going to be transformed into a creative musical team, something that many of you maybe never dreamt of, and we'll have some fun doing it."

Looking at the creative process, Boris asks his audience to, “Imagine the feeling of creating something totally new, a rock 'n' roll hit, a symphony, a new product for your customers or a better way for your company to do business. Does that sound impossible, seem mysterious? Well, mysterious perhaps, but definitely not impossible."

Boris Brott: Speech Excerpt


Boris Brott Interview


Boris Brott: Speech Excerpt